January 2012 Questions / Answers
The following questions are taken from emails and are printed below exactly as I received them. Names and contact information has been removed. The answers are in note form (sorry for any of my grammar errors) to be studied through. You’ll have to examine each Scripture below to see the points.
1. “Was there instrumental music worship used to worship in the Old Testament also was God pleased with it?”
Š Yes, there was mechanical instrumental music in the Old Testament (Exodus 15:20-21, I Chronicles 15:16, Psalms 33:2, Psalms 71:22, Psalms 150:1-6, etc.).
Š God certainly allowed mechanical instruments of music to be played (I Chronicles 16:42) and He gave inspired instructions to use them (Leviticus 23:24 and Psalms 98:6).
Š Lest one think that this means we should do what they did in the Old Testament, let’s remember that the Old Law is passed away in Christ (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, Colossians 2:14, and Hebrews 9:15-17).
Š Additionally, let’s be reminded that there were things in the Old Testament that God was pleased with that He no longer wants today:
o Animal sacrifices then (Leviticus 23:19, Numbers 7:29, etc.), but not now (Hebrews 10:1-18).
o Keeping of the Sabbath Day then (Exodus 16:22-26), but not now (Acts 20:7).
o Polygamy then (Deuteronomy 21:15), but not now (I Corinthians 7:1-5).
o The death penalty for sins, wherein we now have civil law to deal with crimes (Romans 13:1-7), Christians to withdraw from the disorderly (Matthew 18:15-17 and II Thessalonians 3:6), and the Lord to pass out the eternal death penalties in the Judgment (II Corinthians 5:10). Thanks be to God that we’re given space for repentance now until Christ comes again or we die (II Peter 3:9).
§ …Anyone who worked on Saturday (Numbers 15:32-36).
§ …Anyone caught in adultery (Leviticus 20:10).
§ …Anyone practicing homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13).
§ …Any child disobeying parents (Deuteronomy 21:18-21).
§ …Witchcraft (Leviticus 20:27).
2. “Recently the preacher here rebuked a woman in front of everyone. I thought it was in bad taste and approached him for it. He said she was saying things in our class that were not true and that she needed to be told so. I told him that he should have waited and talked with her about it when nobody else was present. What do you think?”
Š I don’t think, but I do know that we must publicly deal with things that have been done in the presence of all (Galatians 2:11-14, I Timothy 5:20, and Titus 1:10-14).
Š Dealing with matters privately applies when it is a private matter (Matthew 18:15-17).
Š For one, the term “orthodox” is not found in the Bible. When I looked up the term “orthodox” in the dictionary, this is what I found: “(of a person or their views, esp. religious or political ones, or other beliefs or practices) conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved” (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Š To answer your question, I will approach this from two directions by dividing your question into two separate subjects.
o # 1: All truths are essential and must be obeyed for all accountable individuals (cf. James 4:17) to be saved (Deuteronomy 5:32, Deuteronomy 12:32, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 11:28, Acts 20:26-27, Colossians 1:28, I Timothy 5:21, James 2:10, I John 2:3-6, and II John 9).
o #2: If someone is considered “orthodox” he or she is then a conformer to what is accepted by men rather than that of the Lord. In such a case, this person cannot please God (Mark 7:1-9, Acts 5:29, and Galatians 1:10). We should never conform to the ways of men (Romans 12:1-2). Those who follow the traditions of men will perish (Colossians 2:18-23).
4. “I have been doing a study on fellowship halls. After a lot of research I came across your articles. I Would like your advisement. Am I sinning attending where the elders have chosen to build a fellowship hall?”
Š I am answering this question from the standpoint of a “fellowship hall” being a facility for social entertainment. Also, based on your discussing elders, I am answering this question from the standpoint of this being done as a work of the local church.
Š You cannot worship/be in fellowship with those in error (Psalms 26:5, Jeremiah 15:17, Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:22, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II John 9-11).
Š No one, including these false elders, have the right to turn the work of the local church into a social gathering based on two clear things:
o There is no authority for “fellowship halls”, which makes the practice sinful (Leviticus 10:1-2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 16:25, Isaiah 8:20, Jeremiah 7:30-31, Matthew 4:4, Matthew 7:21-23, Luke 6:46, I Corinthians 4:6, and II Timothy 1:13).
o Though the first reason is all that matters, we should also note that the Lord specifically has taught us not to turn His work into a social program (John 6:26-27, Romans 14:17, and I Corinthians 11:18-34).
5. “Psa 55:17 says, Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. How then can you teach that God only hears prayers from people who have no sin in their lives?”
Š Because the Bible says so (II Chronicles 7:14, Psalms 66:18, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:12).
6. “I think I am a sex addict? Does Jesus have answers for me?”
Š Yes, get married and have at it (I Corinthians 7:1-5 and Hebrews 13:4).
7. “Let's say that you are introduced to a preacher or elder of conservative denomination (not Church of Christ). How do you feel inside? Do you greet this person with love and a feeling of warmth to be with another believer and servant of the Lord? Or do you immediately feel a sense of distance, antagonism, uneasiness, or superiority?”
Š For one, denominationalism (conservative or not) is wrong (Matthew 16:18, Acts 4:10-12, I Corinthians 1:10-13, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:4-6, Colossians 1:18, and Colossians 3:15).
Š This is how I feel when I meet a false teacher pretending to be a disciple of the Lord: Psalms 101:3, Psalms 119:104, Psalms 119:128, Psalms 119:139, Matthew 23:1-38, Mark 3:1-5, John 2:13-17, Acts 13:7-13, Romans 12:9, Philippians 3:18-19, etc.
8. “Is there an actual verse that says hell will have fire or is it just figures of speech that we conclude teach hell is a place with fire?”
Š Matthew 18:8-9, Mark 9:43-47 and Revelation 20:14.
Š The fires of Hell are eternal (Matthew 13:41-42, Matthew 13:49-50, Matthew 25:41, and Jude 7).
9. “I appreciate your study into the music we sing. I did have one concern though. It is with the song, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.’ Your first bullet under number 1 states, ‘We cannot say Christ bore our griefs.’ If that were true, it would seem to deny Isaiah 53:4 from being a true prophecy.”
Š Isaiah 53:4 was fulfilled by Jesus healing the sick (Matthew 8:16-17).
Š Miracles have ceased (I Corinthians 13:8-13).
Š Grief [sorrow], in the way the song suggests, is still faced today and was even faced during the times of miracles (Acts 20:31-38, Romans 9:1-3, etc.). I explained this point in the song study on my website (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/Song_Study_whatafriendwehaveinjesus_answers.pdf).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager